JAMES REID-CUNNINGHAM

I teach professional workshops in bookbinding and conservation.
Here is my schedule of upcoming workshops.

Miniature Bookbindings

Miniature books present difficult design and structural challenges to the bookbinder. A true miniature is less than three inches tall, and during this course, the student will construct three books of diminishing size: a long stitch binding with decorated boards, a lapped component binding, and an accordion in a wrapper with a tongue and slot enclosure. The course will contrast the utility of case binding, accordion, and non-adhesive structures for miniature books, with a concentration on flexibility and book action. We will analyze materials and techniques suitable for small format books. The limitations inherent in small-scale books will challenge students to do precisely executed and finely detailed work.\

Saturday, June 8 & Sunday, June 9, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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Introduction to Paper Conservation

This class explores contemporary methods of repairing damaged historical papers. Students are provided with samples of damaged sheets of paper to repair, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, but they are encouraged to bring their own documents to conserve during the class.

Saturday, June 15 & Sunday, June 16, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet St School, Boston.

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Introduction to Leather Bookbinding

In this workshop, students will learn to bind in quarter or half leather. After sewing a textblock on cloth tapes and lining the spine, the primary focus will be paring leather using an English-style knife and Scharf-fix paring machine, and covering in goatskin with marbled paper sides.


Friday, June 21, Saturday, June 22, & Sunday, June 23, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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Introduction to Leather Bookbinding

In this workshop, students will learn to bind in quarter or half leather. After sewing a textblock on cloth tapes and lining the spine, the primary focus will be paring leather using an English-style knife and Scharf-fix paring machine, and covering in goatskin with marbled paper sides.


Friday, June 28, Saturday, June 29, & Sunday, June 30, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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Leather Rebacking

Damaged leather bookbindings pose a great challenge to bookbinders. In this course students will learn traditional leather rebacking techniques for the repair of both tight and hollow back books.

Friday, July 19, Saturday, July 20, & Sunday, July 21, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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Surface Gilding

Surface gilding creates a luxurious effect on a binding, creating a book that glows. This workshop will focus on techniques for decorating leather, paper, parchment, papyrus with gold leaf over large areas, even over entire boards.

Sunday, November 10, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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Introduction to Book Conservation

This course introduces students to techniques for the repair of 19th and 20th century cloth case bindings. Bench work focuses on producing aesthetically pleasing repairs that preserve as much of the original book as possible. The course covers: basic paper conservation, disbinding and re-sewing a text block, making new inner hinges, tools and techniques for lifting, and re-backing cloth bindings.


Friday, December 6, Saturday, December 7, & Sunday, December 8, 2019, 8:30am-4:30pm.
North Bennet Street School, Boston, MA.

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James Reid-Cunningham is a Professional Associate
of the American Institute for Conservation.

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Cambridge MA 02140 USA 617-304-2652 james@reid-cunningham.com